# Ideas for Kids Fun Indoors- Matchstick Puzzles

Winters are near, and we tend to spend more time idling indoors rather than keeping ourselves busy outdoors, when we are free. Nowadays kids, youth and even grown ups are usually so addicted to technology, we are sticking to our laptops or cellphones like our life depends on it. If by any chance there's a power cut or load shedding and you encounter the sheer bad luck of an empty battery, it feels like a dead end disaster [my case for sure]. Or lets suppose the case is something else, from getting stuck with babysitting kids to unfortunately suffering from a leg fracture ... some indoor leisure activity that does not involve technology but some of your brain can help you loosen up and relax a little. Believe me, I've tried it. So i presented my point that its not JUST for winters and snowy outdoors, lets move forward.

Here i'm sharing a few matchstick puzzles that i've not only subjected to my family members, but have also laid out in my classes and family gatherings to my friends, relatives and teachers and have enjoyed the savory moment of their utter confusion. However it's not always that savory- when i hit a few working brains, but it's always fun to do and share it.

All you need is a matchbox. Now settle down and work out how many of these brain teasers do you score on. Some are easier, some takes time, some are tricky, but believe me, matchsticks can be so fun!.

## FARMER PUZZLE

12 matchsticks will be needed for every player. Arrange it the way shown in the figure below. Now each of you is a farmer who own four cows; each field having one cow and the match sticks are their fenced fields.

## Puzzle 1

If one cow dies, rearrange the fences such that the remaining three cows each get a square field.

## Puzzle 2

Now another cow dies and you are left with 2 cows. To earn more money you sold your two fences, and you are left with 10 fences. Now go back to original arrangement and with only 10 matchsticks make 2 square fields for your last two cows.

## PERFECT MATCH

Each player needs 3 matchsticks. Arrange them as shown in the figure below.

You are required to remove 3 matchsticks to get 3 triangles.

## TRIANGLE TRICKS

Each player needs 9 match sticks. Now here we made one triangle from 3 matchsticks.

*Now the real challenge! Make 4 triangles out of 9 matchsticks.*

## GRID PUZZLE

Arrange 12 matchsticks in the pattern shown in the figure below. What you gotta do is now to move 3 matchsticks to make 3 identical squares. (Ahan! Here comes a relief- There can be more than one correct solution!)

## A DIFFICULT ONE

Every player needs 24 matchsticks. First arrange 16 matchsticks in a LARGE "L" shape, as given in the following figure:

Now you are left with 8 matchsticks. Make 4 more "Ls" inside this Large "L". You can take your time- this one is a lil hard! ;>

## A Tricky One

Lets see the genius in you! Give each player 4 matchsticks and arrange them *exactly* as set out below:

**Now, make a square by moving only ONE matchstick!**

So here you go...put your mind and your matchsticks in and come up with what you can. I'll soon pop in with a treat- the hub containing solutions for all the dear geniuses who tries!!! :) Till then...Have Fun!

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## Comments 12 comments

Love this hub - good read and informational... and fun.

love this :O)

Really informative! I'd really try these.

Like your hub. You gave some cool, fun ideas, although it seems like it's not as easy to find matches as it used to be.

Ok ive been thinking about the last one for quite a while now....it's virtually impossible to make a sqaure out of three match sticks

i figured it out :p

That's alright ;) Eid Mubarak(Hope I got that right) I'll try my hands on them next time im bored at home ....Great hub :)

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